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Don Laka 45 Years Celebration National Tour with Soul Brothers Kickstarts

South Africa, Johannesburg – 4 April 2018 – The two musical giants’ idea conceived over 30 years ago to bridge the gap between jazz and mbaqanga music genres will come to live on Saturdays, 7th and 14th April at the Soweto Theatre and Joburg Theatre respectively, when Don Laka – the Kwai Jazz legend – and super Mbaqanga group, Soul Brothers bring music fans the never-heard or seen production of their first leg of the 45th celebration national tour.

The tour is the first in Mzansi and neighboring countries where Kwai Jazz and Mbaqanga genres unite on one stage and take the experience across the country and outside the borders of South Africa.

“The time is now to bring this art to our fans. This show is aimed at us celebrating a decade short of a century of crafting, perfecting and sharing the art of music with our fans. This time we want music lovers to partake in a combined mastery which shows that albeit the two genres may sound different, they are actually very similar. Prepare to be wowed,” says Don Laka.

The two musical legends’ inaugural tour show at the Soweto Theatre promises to entertain and give an experience of a lifetime with a world-class band and rare performances. Patrons can expect among other performances, Don Laka fusing his internationally acclaimed Kwai Jazz magic with existing Soul Brothers music. Soul Brothers will return the favour by blending in their award-winning sound on Don Laka’s catalogue. All this will be an exclusive live treat for concert attendees and a memorable experience for music lovers.

At the launch of this tour, Soul Brothers’ only surviving founding member – Moses Ngwenya – said that this opportunity brings back the spirit of his late colleagues, and that he feels like they will join in on stage and give fans an unforgettable performance. “I am inviting all mbaqanga fans to come and experience the Kwai Jazz treat, and Laka’s music in a different way when we bring the Mbaqanga element to it on stage,” he says.

Don Laka will also perform gems from his album, Reflections.

Do not miss this opportunity, tickets are available at www.sowetotheatre.co.za starting from R300 per person.
The tour will also take place outside SA boarders in Swaziland, Botswana and Namibia.

Programme: The Challenge – Vendettas

Date: Monday 9 April
Time: 22:50 CAT
Channel: MTV (DStv channel 130)
  
MTV has thrown together 28 cream-of-the-crop reality TV celebs in The Challenge:Vendettas.  These reality TV stars are angry and have revenge on the cards.  Stars from MTV UK’s Ex on the Beach and Geordie Shore along with contestants from Big Brother will join The Challenge fan favourites as they travel to Spain to pursue their personal vendettas against one another.  This season, for the first time, every player is out solely for themselves, not their team.  Only one winner will come out on top, competing to win the final prize that has the potential to exceed US $500 000.Programme: Jersey Shore – Family Vacation
Date: Thursday 12 April
Time: 21:15 CAT
Channel: MTV (DStv channel 130)

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Get dressed up and head to Let’s Dance on at Sun Exhibits, GrandWest on 21 April 2018, for a night of ballroom and langarm dancing. Well-known dance DJ, Brian Bohorn, will be kicking off the evening, followed by the Cool Sounds dance band playing foot-tapping, old-school hits.

“There is nothing more fun than an evening of ‘langarm’ dancing,” says Elouise Matthys, the PR and Promotions Manager at GrandWest. “This is going to be a wonderful night of dancing and socialising with other dance lovers.”

Dance lovers can expect to whirl away the evening to quickstep, waltz, foxtrot, jive, cha-cha and sokkie, while enjoying Let’s Dance’s easy, entertaining atmosphere.

Let’s Dance is on 21 April 2018 at Sun Exhibits, GrandWest. Tickets are available from Computicket at R150 per person and include a platter for a table of ten. There will be a cash bar at the venue. Doors open at 19h00 and dancing will start at 20h00 until 01h00.

The City of Cape Town’s Electricity Services Department is facing continued denial of entry to Gugulethu and surrounding areas to attend to electricity outages. So far, about 1 000 customers are without electricity supply in the area as a result of threats to staff and this number will continue to rise while the situation remains unresolved. It is also affecting new electrification projects in the area that have been stopped in response to the intimidation. Read more below:

A group of local Gugulethu contractors has demanded that all City contracting work in the area should be allocated to the local contractors exclusively. Although the City has given much focus on local labour components in all of its contracts and supply chain management processes, demands that tenders be given exclusively to only one grouping of contractors cannot be agreed to.

The group in question has been threatening City officials and contractors and preventing them from doing their jobs.

This group has also demanded that all municipal arrears be written off for Gugulethu residents. However, as per the City’s debt policies, arrears are regularly written off for qualifying indigent people and this is based on case-specific conditions. Those who do qualify for debt relief are urged to apply for assistance at their local municipal walk-in centre. The City cannot follow a blanket approach to these matters.

‘The City will do everything in its power to resolve this matter but we urge all parties to work with us to ensure that services are restored. We will not tolerate any violence or the continued bullying tactics which are currently affecting some of our customers,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Area Central, Councillor Siyabulela Mamkeli.

The City apologises for the inconvenience.

It’s been said that food is either your best medicine or slowest poison. With World Health Day approaching on Saturday, 7 April, Luane Lavery, Brand Communication Manager for British Airways and kulula.com, offers the following advice for travellers.

Don’t gas and go: some people find that foods with plenty of onions, cabbage and beans make them feel gassy and bloated, and these symptoms can be aggravated by air travel. If you’re affected like that, avoid those foods before flying to prevent discomfort for yourself and other travellers. Some people find that sipping peppermint tea and cutting down on fizzy or sugary drinks ease these symptoms.

Hydrate: consumers are increasingly aware of the environmental impact of single-use plastic and dropping a little cash on reusable bottles. You can carry yours onboard and the flight attendants will refill it for you when you need it. As a simple rule, sip 250ml of water for every hour on the plane.

Moderation rules: a glass of good wine or a perfectly chilled beer are appropriate rewards for doing grown-up stuff like travelling to be an ambassador for your business, or to celebrate embarking on that well-earned holiday. Drinking the drinks-trolley dry? Not so much. It’s bad for your health in many ways and you’ll feel poorly afterwards. Stick to the legal limit whether or not you’re driving after your flight and you’ll feel ready to enjoy what comes after your flight, whether it’s a presentation or vacation. The same applies to caffeine: one or two good, strong coffees are a treat; more than three can leave you jittery and nauseas.

Crunch-time for road warriors: Foods with crackle and crunch, like carrots, lettuce, celery, apples and nuts, have been shown to aid concentration, so if you need to finish that winning PowerPoint presentation on plane, opt for those foods, or arrange for them with the airline beforehand. (See how to do that at the end of this piece.) Continue reading

Talented singer and musician, Michael Ferguson is back at The Boardwalk to entertain visitors over the Easter weekend. He will perform wide repertoire of songs from various genres, including cover songs and his own original material, at The Boardwalk Lake at 18h00 on 30 and 31 March and 1 and 2 April. There is no cost to enjoy his performances. His highly interactive sets include Pop, Rock, Country and Classical music.

Astute on the guitar, piano and harmonica, Ferguson began his longstanding love affair with music at the age of 12 when his dad, a member of Ballyhoo, taught him his first chord on the guitar. Educated at Pretoria Boys High School, he went on to achieve his Grade 8 in classical guitar. Under the wing of Dr. Neil van der Watt he also obtained a Grade 5 in Music Theory from the Royal Schools of Music.

Though he considers every performance as significant, he lists his performance with Destiny’s Child’s Kelly Rowland at the Sun City Superbowl as one of his most memorable. Another special moment for Ferguson was representing South Africa in London at the Global Battle of the Bands in 2007 with his previous band, Allegra Street. The band also did incredibly well locally with number one hits on the radio.

Ferguson has performed extensively across Africa in South Africa, Zambia, Botswan and Zimbabwe as well as in Europe, including Ireland, Germany, Italy, England, France and Austria. He released his first album Rock‘n roll Souljah in 2013 which was featured on major local radio stations such as, Jacaranda FM, Highveld Stereo, 5fm and RSG. He is currently a guest judge in The Search 2017 which is an incredible honour for him and he is working on a new album.

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FacebookJohannesburg, 26 March 2018: MTV Shuga – In Real Life has won the award for Best Youth Programme (TV/Non Fiction) on night one at this year’s SAFTAs hosted at Sun City. This comes hot on the heels of the South African premiere of MTV Shuga Naija last week.

The first night of the awards ceremony celebrates the excellence in the technical craft of the South African Film and Television industry and all of the hardworking men and women behind-the-scenes who work tirelessly to bring the magic to the screens.

“The invaluable partnership between VIMN Africa’s MTV Base and the MTV Staying Alive Foundation serves to empower young people on the continent,” says Monde Twala, Vice President for Youth, Music and BET at Viacom International Media Networks Africa, “It’s the strength of local storytelling by local talent, and the innate understanding of our audience, that has ensured that MTV Shuga and the complimentary shows like MTV Shuga IRL continues to expand its Pan-African and global fan base.”

Spearheaded by the MTV Staying Alive FoundationMTV Shuga is a TV drama that is part of a broad-based mass media campaign focused on HIV prevention and sexual reproductive health.  As part of the wider campaign, a documentary called MTV Shuga: IRL (In Real Life) was also produced, that looks at the real-life stories behind the fictional drama of MTV Shuga. The audience is guided throughout the documentary by various cast members from MTV Shuga. The show has proved to be impactful across the African continent because it tells the truth about the realities of young people’s experience. It’s relatable, raw and real.

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Visitors to this year’s Lusito Land Festival can look forward to an incredible line-up of music by some of the country’s most talented artists including AKA, Sketchy Bongo, The Parlotones, Micasa, Bobby van Jaarsveld, Snotkop, Matthew Mole, Lady Zamar, GoodLuck, Shekhinah, Dr Victor & The Rasta Rebels.

The performers will take to the stage between 15 April and 6 May at the festival’s new venue in Cayman Road, Alewynspoort, Johannesburg South, providing superb entertainment at a festival that promises to be an exceptional celebration of food, music and fun. 

Lusito Association spokesperson, Noemia Contente, says the festival is so much more than a celebration of Portuguese cuisine and culture. “This is our 37th year and we are more committed than ever to ensuring everyone in the family has an incredible time. This year’s line-up has been carefully selected to cover a wide range of musical genres to cater for every taste.”

South African indie rock band, The Parlotones, is sure to enthral rock fans. Their early sound was rooted Brit rock but has grown to incorporate various musical genres with lyrics focusing on personal themes of love and everyday life. 

Johannesburg-based house band, Micasa, was founded in early 2011. Soon afterwards, they released an album entitled Micasa Music, which quickly went gold, winning several awards at the 18th Annual MTN South Africa Music Awards in 2012. In 2015 they returned with double disc album ‘Home Sweet Home’. Their most recent studio album is ‘Familia’, released in August 2017. Continue reading

Bakwena N1N4 toll road in partnership with the Department of Community Safety and Transport Management, ER24, Imperial logistics and Active Education embarked on a Pedestrian Road Safety Campaign recently held at the Ke Ya Rona Mall in Bapong.

The campaign highlighted road safety awareness relating to pedestrians which included illegal stopping and pedestrians crossing on freeways as well as encouraging animal owners around Bapong to keep their animals fenced to prevent them from roaming onto the freeway and end up causing crashes.

Bakwena public relations manager, Charmaine van Wyk, says the campaign is aimed at encouraging community members to use the pedestrian bridges to cross the N4. “It is illegal for pedestrians to be on the freeways. We also want to raise awareness around the rules of the road in general and explain the purpose of the blue kilometre board markers and the 0800 BAKWENA number.”

Not only does the campaign highlight pedestrian safety, community members are given tips on keeping safe in general. “This includes safety tips such as wearing seatbelts in vehicles, wearing reflective clothing at night and safe crossing of roads, “says van Wyk. Continue reading

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